Mia Wasikowska on the ‘crucifixion’ for ‘Madame Bovary’ and the difficult experience of ‘Crimson Peak’

There is a line from Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel “Madame Bovary” that reads, “Do not touch your pictures: the picture will stick to your fingers.” Mia Wasikowska did not heed this advice. The actress, who played Emma Bovary in Sophie Barthes’ recently released adaptation of the groundbreaking novel, had little idea about introducing one of the most famous female characters to historical fiction.

“People have been imagining Emma Bovary for hundreds of years, and you don’t want book lovers to crucify you for portraying her differently,” Wasikowska told Indiewire. . “It’s hard to find a fan base for a story or a character. But I’m just trying to get my mind off it. “

This is not the first time the 25-year-old Australian-born Wasikowska has appeared in a documentary. In 2011, she starred in Cary Fukunaga’s acclaimed adaptation of “Jane Eyre.” Like her co-star Carey Mulligan, Wasikowska is known for her work in historical dramas. Her ballet-trained poise, casual beauty, and commitment to complex imagery make subversive plays a natural choice. “It’s more fun to play someone who’s pushing the boundaries or challenging themselves, and those situations are being promoted by interesting female characters,” Wasikowska said. “I always like to play the kind of characters that give you an opportunity to do something that is not easy in real life.” “Madame Bovary” is not easy. Early film adaptations from acclaimed directors such as Jean Renoir, Vincente Minnelli, and Claude Chabrol largely fell short of Flaubert’s vision of a larger-than-life woman stuck in a banal existence. Part of the complexity of “Madame Bovary” is the relationship between the book’s hyper-realism – evident in the meticulously rendered quotidian details – and the juxtaposing force of Emma Bovary’s turbulent emotional life.

For Wasikowska, playing unrequited love was a welcome challenge. “Emma Bovary is a great anti-hero,” he said. “[Sophie Barthes and I] He talked about not insulting him, even though none of his actions were heroic. We just wanted to bring a level of awareness. We know we’re comfortable with why he did what he did. ” To get into Emma’s mind, Wasikowska re-read the book, focusing on her loneliness and feelings. “The truth is not what she thought. it means he can’t learn or grow.I think it’s really sad when people can’t fully understand the facts and thoughts in their minds.

Because of its feminist themes, “Madame Bovary” marks Wasikowska’s first collaboration in a performance with a female director. “It’s good to have a partner in a different way,” he said of Barthes. Wasikowska hopes to continue working with women because “people respond a little differently to women — there’s less hierarchy in the setting.” So who’s next? “Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola,” Wasikowska said confidently.

Audiences will soon be treated to another performance from Wasikowska in the highly anticipated gothic horror “Crimson Peak.” “Guillermo del Toro is a great director, and I think it’s very interesting,” Wasikowska said. It’s the second time the actress has tackled the genre and the big territory after her breakout role in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” and, like Emma Bovary, the expectations are very different. of Wasikowska for real information. “It’s like a cat and mouse game,” Wasikowska said. “You read a script, and the character and the idea are running, and you forget that you’ve been doing that for six months. That has a big impact on you. It’s a very physical shot, I don’t think so.

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